On February 27th, 2014, more than 200 PAL kids were in the stands at the Wells Fargo Center to watch their hometown 76ers take on the Orlando Magic. The 28th annual PAL Night at the 76ers allowed PAL children from across the City to take part in a special event fundraiser that brought in more than $10,000 for the Police Athletic League’s youth development programming.
Event sponsors, which included SugarHouse Casino and NECA, Penn-Del-Jersey Chapter/IBEW Local 98, took center court before the game to present PAL with generous gifts during a special check presentation ceremony. Immediately after the ceremony, dozens of excited PAL kids lined the entry tunnel and greeted the Sixers with high fives. Following this, Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey, PAL Commanding Officer Lt. William Eddis and Executive Director Ted Qualli presented an award to Sixers Rookie of the Year Candidate Michael Carter-Williams for his dedication and commitment to being a great role model for Philadelphia’s young people.
PAL’s sponsors, Commissioner’s Club Members, Police Brass and special guests, celebrated the occasion from a suite where they enjoyed mingling and taking in the game.
During halftime, a team of PAL children from Gibbons PAL in Northeast Philadelphia made the night extra special by taking on a team of Media All-Stars on the Sixers’ court. The thrilling matchup was highlighted by a special guest – Sixers CEO Scott O’Neil helped coach the PAL kids to a tremendous victory over the team of media stars.
The evening was capped with a special honor for one very important member of the PAL team. Police Officer Steven Brennan, who was first assigned to the PAL Unit in 1994, was presented with the Sixers’ Heroes Among Us Award by 76ers legend World B. Free. Officer Brennan was honored for his work in the community over the past twenty years. He then stayed on court for a special check presentation through which the Sixers generously donated half of the proceeds of the evening’s 50/50 drawing to PAL.
PAL thanks the 76ers, all sponsors, friends and guests who made this an exciting night for PAL.